Yes, you Texans are a troublesome lot. The center part of my novel, Duty, Honor, Country, is the Mexican War. It is still the bloodiest war in US Army history, percentage wise, and most people don’t understand its root causes. Here is another excerpt from my coming novel, Duty, Honor, Country:
For a moment Longstreet grew serious. “There are strange winds brewing, Sam. President Harrison dying is an ill omen. When you return, you must tell me how people are responding. We’re in our own little world here. And it’s certainly not the real one. Harrison was from Ohio and you’ll find out how the people there feel. The letters I receive from my kin in Georgia are disturbing.”
Just a few months ago, in March, newly elected President William Henry Harrison, an old army man and hero of the Battle of Tippecanoe, had spoken too long at his inauguration, a cold and rainy day in Washington. He’d taken ill and died, an unprecedented event for the young country. The government had been thrown into upheaval as the constitutional rules of succession were found to be lacking. John Tyler, the Vice President, had eventually been sworn into office as President with all powers despite debates whether he should be acting President or true President. Of more importance, Harrison’s antipathy toward expanding slavery westward, and particularly the issue of Texas, had been reversed.
Thus the potential Annexation of Texas was now an issue all cadets were following closely, because Mexico still claimed the territory as part of its sovereign nation. The Mexican government had promised war if Annexation happened and there was no reason to believe they would not follow through on their threat. They had given Texas a great deal of autonomy after the Battle of San Jacinto, but took the stance that the treaty the defeated Santa Ana had signed was not legitimate as the general did not have the authority to negotiate for all of Mexico. While Texans claimed independence, the reality was much murkier. France, Britain and the United States had recognized Texas as a nation, but, so far, no one had pushed the issue. Mexico claimed a good portion of the western part of the continent, from Texas, up along the Rocky Mountains and to the Pacific Ocean.
A new blog post every day leading up to the 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War on April 12th and the publication of Duty, Honor, Country, a Novel of West Point & the Civil War, the first in my series.
Tomorrow: Robert E. Lee and Arlington